Tag: Baking With Kids

Baking with the Toddler- Easy Vanilla Cupcakes

Finished Cupcakes

Yesterday we didn’t make our usual playgroup as both kids have been full of cold. We decided to have a day at home as the weather was terrible and I had loads of parcels due to arrive. The toddler kept asking for cupcakes, which we didn’t have. So I thought it was the ideal opportunity to try out some baking with her.

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Violet usually gets pretty bored with baking. She just likes to eat the creations when they’re finished. So I was very surprised at how excited she was to make some cupcakes and she was straight in with her apron on asking what she could mix.

Toddler Mixing

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She was obviously in the mood to get her bake on as she did the lot!

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We decided to divide the ingredients into six large cupcakes rather than make the 12 small as the recipe makes.

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When it came to doing the icing she had no patience left at all. Which meant that we ended up with a sloppy sort of buttercream, but it tasted good and it was Violet in colour so I let her get on with it. They’re her cakes after all.

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I managed to throw some sprinkles on the top of the cupcakes before the eating commenced too!

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The Cupcake Recipe

  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Self Raising Flour (Which we didn’t have so used Plain Flour with a teaspoon of baking powder)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Cupcake Icing

  • 200g Butter
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • Food Colouring
  • Sprinkles for the top if you fancy

The Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180c/ gas mark 4
  • Soften the butter by giving it a good mix. Then add the sugar and mix it all together.
  • Beat the eggs in a separate bowl then add to the sugar and butter and mix it together.
  • Sift in the flour and again mix.
  • Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract and mix everything together.
  • Spoon the mixture between the cupcake cases.
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.

For the icing you just need to mix the butter and icing sugar together and add a drop of food colouring. If you have more time (and patience) than us, you will have a stiff mixture that you can then pipe onto the top. Or you could settle for a sloppy mix like us and let the toddler go wild!

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Enjoy!

Mother Hermit xx

 

Mummy in a Tutu

Halloween Krispie Treats

As it’s Halloween soon, this week I’ve been in the kitchen with the little one creating some Pumpkin Krispie Treats! They’re super quick and easy to make and the kids absolutely love them! I got the idea from pictures I have seen on Pinterest but didn’t use a particular recipe and just made my own up 🙂

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I’ll be honest, I’m not the best at measuring out ingredients when baking, I tend to just wing it, so I’ve given my best approximates below 🙂

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You will need;

7 Giant Marshmallows

2 tsp of butter or marg

Orange or Yellow and Red Food Colouring

Rice Krispies

Green Smarties or M&M’s

Wispa Bites or something similar

First start by melting the marshmallows and butter in a bowl. I used the microwave for this and kept putting it in for 30second bursts, it took around 2 minutes for everything to be totally melted. Then you can add the food colouring to the marshmallow mix. I used red and yellow, first adding the red followed by a few drops of yellow until I had a really bold orange. Next you add the Krispies; I added a handful at a time and after about 5 handfuls I had a stiff mixture and all of the Krispies were completely coated in the marshmallow mix.

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For this bit you will need to oil your hands as the mixture is super super sticky. I coated my hands with olive oil and took and handful at a time and rolled each bit into a ball. Pop each ball onto a greaseproof paper sheet until you’ve used the whole of the mixture.

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Next you can add the toppings! I had Wispa bites which I cut in half and pushed them into the middle, squashing each krispie treat slightly to make it look a bit more like a pumpkin. I then had green peanut M&M’s which I cut in half (watch your fingers!) and added to the side of the Wispa bite to make it look like a little leaf! I then put them into the fridge for half an hour so they didn’t fall apart in the heat. And that’s it!

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Happy Halloween!

Mother Hermit xx

 

Mummy in a Tutu